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afternoons tend to be prime times as the water warms. Lively pike sport in the upper reaches.
Pole, whip or a small crumb feeder with maggots for the roach and bream. Shaun Anten with his 27 lb 5 oz Creeting Lakes mirror carp.
Where? Creeting St. Peter, near Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5BW. Day tickets £8 one rod; £11 two rods on the pleasure lakes; £10 and £15 on the Spessy Lake.
Tel: 01473 327366.
What’s being caught? Specimen Lake produced carp
crucians, chub, barbel and perch. The club also runs stretches of the Great Ouse and Old West at Little Thetford, in the Fens near Ely.
Tel: Nigel Roberts on 01223 836773. www.saffronwaldenac.btck.co.uk
■ RIGHT: SWAC member Tony Holmes with a brace of common carp from Whittlesford Pit, in Cambridgeshire, at 20 lb and 18 lb. to 33 lb with several back-up 20s in recent weeks.
Tactics? Legered boilies scoring on the Spessy Lake. Shaun Anten got a 27 lb 5 oz mirror carp on a 16 mm Tangerine Dream boilie during a recent visit. Pole with maggots or 4 mm pellets and accurate loosefeed, for mixed bags.
Where? Landbeach, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9FA. Day tickets £7. Waterbeach AC membership £30.
Tel: Colin Brett on
What’s being caught? Despite low water levels and ongoing peg renovation work, carp averaging 3-4 lb to low doubles, together with quality roach, occasional perch and rudd, are feeding at this 28-peg lake. Tactics? Pole with corn, bread, pellet or maggots to margins or down the deeper centre track is best. Feed one or two spots accurately, then wait patiently for fish to arrive rather than spreading bait all over your swim. It’s a well-sheltered lake, so you’ll always find calm areas for great pleasure sessions.
Reepham, Norfolk, NR10 4NR. Day tickets from £10. Tel: 01603 870829 or
Carp galore averaging 3-5 lb from Long, Main and Lily lakes. Steve Crowe topped a recent Open match with 171 lb 3 oz, while Simon Elliott took 82 lb 13 oz to win the following day’s contest.
Pole with maggots over fishmeal groundbait in the margins, or a 6 m pole line in deeper water, is a good opening gambit. Top up with pots of dead maggots and try larger hook baits such as double corn or pellets for larger fish later on.
■ Where? What’s being caught? Tactics?